Introduction To the Term
“I mean did you see what Rachel wore to the party last night? Total slut.” “Don’t you worry about adding too many notches to your belt?” “How many people have you slept with really?” “You’re definitely getting into trashy territory Rachel.” Many times I have heard variations of these quotations being said throughout my life. The real trash is policing someone’s sexuality. Slut is a derogatory term used to degrade women’s sexuality. In this text I will outline the problems and the harm that slut shaming bestows on women and their sexuality. Slut shaming is detrimental to women’s psychological morale, her political standings, and her role and power in society and relationships. In order to better understand slut shaming, an explanation as to why it is a phenomenon in today’s society needs to be given. One of my biggest concerns is the fluid usage of the word slut or whore. This phenomenon of slut shaming is mostly seen with teenagers and young adults and thus this is the group I will be focusing on. Young women and men seem to define a “slut” differently. Women define a slut as 1. A woman who is sexually active, 2. A woman who wears a lot of makeup, 3. A woman who dresses suggestively, 4. A woman who, despite her unpopularity, tries to get the attention of boys, 5. A woman who is assumed to be sexually advanced because her body is more developed, 6. A woman who flirts with other girl’s boyfriends or has a lot of guy friends.